Several Hurt in School Bus Crash
A Clyde-Savannah school bus driver and two students were hurt Jan. 20 when the bus drove into the back of a Town of Savannah snow plow, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. There were 22 students on Bus 97, which was enroute to Savannah Elementary School shortly before 8 a.m. It is believed the bus driver was temporarily blinded by sun glare.
The bus driver and two students were trapped after the collision, the driver for more than an hour. She and one student, an 11-year-old boy, were flown to University Hospital in Syracuse by Mercy Flight with what deputies say are non-life-threatening injuries. The eleven year-old suffered two broken legs, a broken arm and is undergoing surgery at this time. Another student was taken by ambulance to Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, deputies said.
A Newark-Wayne Community Hospital spokesperson said 16 students in all were transported to that hospital, most presumably by family members. Nine of those students were treated and released. Six were still at the hospital at noon. One injured student was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, but it was not known if it was the student who came in by ambulance.
The bus driver, who was not identified, was following behind the plow eastbound on Route 31 near the intersection of Hogback Road. The plow slowed to turn south onto Hogback Road, but the bus driver apparently did not realize the plow was turning and rear-ended to vehicle.
The bus is a shuttle; it takes students who reside in Clyde from the elementary school there to the school in Savannah, which houses fifth and sixth graders. It is believed that all of the students on the bus were in sixth grade; the fifth graders were traveling in a bus behind Bus 97 at the time of the collision.